November 10th 2012 - 21:41 UTC

Video of the launch is available at the bottom of this page.

November 10th 2012 - 21:39 UTC

T+33 Minutes: SEPARATION of Star One C3! The final payload has successfully deployed, Another successful mission for Ariane!

November 10th 2012 - 21:34 UTC

T+29 Minutes: The Sylda has separated! This is a black cylinder that sits over the second passenger, in this flight, Star One C3. Eutelsat 21B sat onto of this cylinder.

November 10th 2012 - 21:33 UTC

T+28 Minutes: SEPARATION of Eutelsat 21B!

November 10th 2012 - 21:30 UTC

T+25 Minutes: The upper stage has shut down on time.

November 10th 2012 - 21:18 UTC

T+16 Minutes: The Ascension tracking station has picked up Ariane as it continues on it's mission. Everything remains well, Separation of the payloads will take place in just under 20 minutes.

November 10th 2012 - 21:15 UTC

T+9 Minutes: Confirmation that the upper stage ignited has been received. The upper stage will burn for around 15 minutes.

November 10th 2012 - 21:14 UTC

T+9 Minutes: The first stage engine has shut down on time, followed by the separation of the entire first stage.

November 10th 2012 - 21:10 UTC

T+6 Minutes: The first stage engine continues to burn, it will burn for a further 3 minutes.

November 10th 2012 - 21:09 UTC

T+3 Minutes, 30 Seconds: The payload fairing has separated on time, no longer needed to protect the payloads from the friction of the air.

November 10th 2012 - 21:08 UTC

The two solid rocket boosters have separated away on time.

November 10th 2012 - 21:08 UTC

T+2 Minutes: Coming up on solid booster jettison.

November 10th 2012 - 21:06 UTC

T+7 Seconds: LIFT OFF of an Ariane 5 with Eutelsat 21B & Star One C3!

November 10th 2012 - 21:05 UTC

T-0: Ignition of the main engine!

November 10th 2012 - 21:04 UTC

T+1 Minute: Everything remains GO.

November 10th 2012 - 20:58 UTC

T+7 Minutes: The control of the vehicle has been passed from the ground to the onboard computers.

November 10th 2012 - 20:50 UTC

T+12 Minutes: Everything is green as Ariane sits fully fuelled in Kourou.

November 10th 2012 - 18:30 UTC

Fueling is underway tonight for the second attempt to launch the Ariane 5, Weather has improved and is currently green.

November 9th 2012 - 20:40 UTC

Launch has been scrubbed 24 hours due to high level winds.

November 8th 2012 - 18:00 UTC

Lift off of the sixth Ariane 5 of 2012 is scheduled for November 9th 2012 at 21:05 UTC. This flight will be the 66th launch of an Ariane 5 and will deliver 9,216kg of payload into geostationary transfer orbit.

The two payloads are Eutelsat 21B for Eutelsat and Star One C3 for the Orbital Sciences and Star One. Eutelsat 21B has 40 Ku-band transponders providing television and communications for Africa, The Middle East and Asia. Star One C3 has 16 Ku-Band transponders and 28 C-Band transponders providing television and communications to Brazil and the Andean region.